These peanut butter balls come together so easily and are perfect for holiday parties! They’re gluten-free, grain-free and vegan.
I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get up a peanut butter balls recipe! I just had to post them before Christmas for the folks looking for something easy and last-minute to make.
These little things are addictive. I love regular peanut butter balls but these are even more delicious.
I have quite a sweet tooth but I think the traditional powdered sugar kind are too sweet. These peanut butter balls are maple-sweetened and aren’t too sweet at all.
I haven’t tried any other sweeteners but I’m guessing another sweetener that works as a maple sub would work out well. Honey might have too strong of a flavor, though.
One thing I really love about these peanut butter balls is how quick and easy they are. They just call for peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut flour, vanilla and salt. And of course chocolate + coconut oil for the coating! That tool above, by the way, is called a chocolate dipping tool, in case you’re wondering.
I thought about making a homemade chocolate coating (using cocoa powder and natural sweetener instead of chocolate) but that version would have melted at room temperature, which is no good for holiday parties. And to be honest, it wouldn’t have been as tasty.
For more peanut butter Christmas recipes, try this peanut butter fudge, these gluten-free peanut butter cookies or vegan peanut butter cookies (which are also gluten-free!)
This is it from me for the rest of the year! I’ll be back in January. Merry Christmas to the people who celebrate and to those who don’t, I hope you enjoy the rest of the year.
Peanut Butter Balls
1 1/4 cups (320 grams) natural peanut butter (no added fat or sugar)
1/2 cup (120 milliliters) maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (32 grams) coconut flour
1 1/2 cups (255 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate (use vegan chocolate, if needed)
1 tablespoon (14 grams) coconut oil – I used refined for no coconut taste
In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla and salt until combined. Stir in the coconut flour. Place in the freezer for about 30 minutes. The dough won’t get very hard in the freezer – it’ll just make it easier to roll into balls. The balls won’t be totally firm when you form them but that’s okay. They don’t need to be totally perfect.
Prepare the coating. Mix together chopped chocolate and coconut oil in a small bowl or pot that can be used to melt the chocolate and dip the balls in.
Shape into about 28 20-gram balls and place on a tray small enough to fit in your freezer. Place them in the freezer to let them firm up more (since rolling with warm hands heats them up quickly).
Dip the balls one at a time into melted chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Refrigerate for up to a week or freeze for a few months. Can also be kept at room temperature for a few days (if it’s not too warm).